Energy provider offers fuel poverty training
One of the UK’s leading energy suppliers is offering free training to housing association staff in combating fuel poverty.
EDF is running 10-one-day events for staff in small housing associations across London and the south of England between June and December.
Trainees will learn about the causes and consequences of fuel poverty, and how to address the problem.
Emma Jones, from training provider Impetus Consulting, said: ‘If we can train 200 people in alleviating fuel poverty, the number of residents we can support indirectly is huge.’
Government figures published last week showed the number of people in fuel poverty in England fell in 2010, the most recent year for which data is available, from 4 million to 3.5 million.
However the annual release also predicted the figure is set to rise, staying stable for 2011, but increasing to 3.9 million in 2012 as energy price rises come into play.
The government has a legally binding target to end fuel poverty by 2016.
Find out more about the training at www.ourwarmcommunity.com